April 24 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1479 BC Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty)

1184 BC The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional date)

1877 Russo-Turkish War, 1877-78: Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire

1898 Spanish–American War: Spain declares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba

1916 Easter Rising of Irish republicans against British occupation begins in Dublin

1967 Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had “gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily.”

Today’s Historical Events

1479 BC Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty)

1184 BC The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional date)

858 Nicholas I succeeds Benedict III as pope

1066 Halley’s Comet sparks English monk to predict country will be destroyed

1185 Battle at Danoura: Yoshitsune Minamoto’s fleet beats the Taira during Japan’s Genpei War

1288 Jews of Troyes France are accused of ritual murder

1311 General Malik Kafur returns to Delhi after campaign in South India

1364 Pope Urban V names John V van Virneburg as Bishop of Utrecht

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1950 Leonard Bernstein‘s musical “Peter Pan”, starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 320 performances

1954 WSEE TV channel 35 in Erie, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting

1955 KFDM TV channel 6 in Beaumont, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting

1955 KMAU (now KGMV) TV channel 3 in Wailuku, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting

1959 WICD TV channel 15 in Champaign, IL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

1962 Massachusetts Institute of Technology sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: California to Massachusetts

1965 “Comedy in Music-Opus 2” closes at John Golden NYC after 192 performances

1968 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Pete Tountas

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1801 1st performance of Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “Die Jahreszeiten” (The Seasons)

1823 Eugene Scribes opera “Le Menteur Veridique” premieres in Paris

1945 Miles Davis makes recording debut with the Herbie Fields Orchestra, backing singer “Rubberlegs” Wilson, at Savoy Records Studio, Newark, New Jersey

1946 One-act ballet “Symphonic Variations” choreographed by Frederick Ashton with music by César Franck danced by Sandler’s Wells Ballet debuts at Covent Garden, London

1959 Netherland Dance Theater opens (Rudi of Dantzig & Cut Flier)

1969 Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead

1971 Skip Redwine and Larry Frank’s musical “Frank Merriwell” opens and closes at Longacre Theater, NYC (1 performance only)

1979 US State of Georgia designates Ray Charles‘ rendition of “Georgia On My Mind” (written by Hoagy Carmichael) as official state song

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1880 Amateur Athletic Association, governing body for men’s athletics in England & Wales, is founded in Oxford, England

1894 French cyclist Henri Desgrange rides 100km in a world record time of 2:39:18

1894 Phillies Lave Cross hits for cycle vs Bkln Dodgers

1901 The Chicago White Stockings win against the Cleveland Blues in the 1st game played in baseball’s American League

1905 First-class cricket debut of Sir Jack Hobbs, “The Master” for Surrey v the “Gentlemen of England” (18 & 88)

1905 Senators execute a triple-play & beat Yankees 4-3

1917 Yankee lefty George Mogridge no-hits Red Sox 2-1 at Fenway

1945 Albert B “Happy” Chandler is named 2nd baseball commissioner

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